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Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street
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Ann ArborMI 48109
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Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Rights, respect, resistance, and righteousness: Understanding the new power equations throughout the Middle East
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Rami Khouri is the Director of the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut as well as editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper. He is an internationally syndicated political columnist and author.

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Thursday, December 02, 2010
The impact of state-led immigration reform: Labor market evidence from Arizona
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Steven Raphael

With the federal government on the sidelines of immigration reform, several states have passed legislation meant to control and deter unauthorized immigration. Arguably the most restrictive of such efforts is Arizona's 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA), which in part holds employers accountable for verifying worker eligibility. Dr. Raphael's lecture will assess the labor market effects of LAWA and whether LAWA has changed the demographic composition of Arizona's resident population.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2010 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the International Policy Center
Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews

America's unmet challenges are huge: from energy policy to nuclear weapons, climate, health care (yes, still), a sagging infrastructure and a soaring deficit. Yet every one of them is eminently solvable. The answers are well known. So what explains, for example, thirty-five years of inaction on energy policy and even longer on health care? Why do we still approach nuclear weapons as though the Cold War continues when it ended 20 years ago? Is the policy gridlock that afflicts us the symptom of a vibrant and engaged - if polarized - society? Or is it the sign of an aging power that has lost the will to combat its problems? What can be done to recapture the will to act?

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Reflections from the Human Services side of Health and Human Services: evidence, challenges, and public perceptions
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2010 Distinguished Lecture sponsored by the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies
David R. Harris

David R. Harris is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He leads the Office of Human Services Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Gerrymandering: The Movie
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
A special screening

Admission is free.

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan will host a special showing of Gerrymandering: The Movie. Writer/director Jeff Reichert will be present to talk about the film and answer questions. The movie addresses the issue of gerrymandering of political districts and the effects it has on the American political scene.

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Friday, October 01, 2010
Moral and Political Reconstruction in Post-conflict Societies
1:00 PM -  2:30 PM

José Zalaquett is one of Latin America's leading authorities on human rights. He is an international human rights lawyer, Professor at the University of Chile School of Law, and co-Director of its Human Rights Center.

He will speak about accountability for human rights abuses, drawing significantly on his own experiences in a wide range of countries, including Chile.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Challenges of Managing Conflict in Today's World
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Ambassador Richard Solomon is President of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and has held this position since 1993. USIP provides the analysis, training, and tools to prevent and end conflicts; promotes stability; and professionalizes the field of peacebuilding. It is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress.

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Monday, September 27, 2010
First of the Month: Grocers, Shoppers and Purchasing Power
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2010 Distinguished Lecture sponsored by the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies
Ebonya Washington

Ebonya Washington is the Henry Kohn Associate Professor of Economics at Yale University. She specializes in public finance and political economy with research interests in the interplay of race, gender and political representation; the behavioral motivations and consequences of political participation; and the processes through which low-income Americans meet their financial needs. Her work has appeared in journals including the American Economic Review and Quarterly Journal of Economics. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Teacher Pay for Performance: Experimental Evidence from Nashville's Project on Incentives in Teaching
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Matthew Springer, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education, Director of the National Center on Performance Incentives Vanderbilt University.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Michigan's Foremost Political Pundit Sets the Stage
7:00 PM -  8:30 PM
Politics and Governance in Michigan: Ford School Seminars on the 2010 Elections

Free and open to the public.

Bill Ballenger - Editor and Publisher, Inside Michigan Politics

Organized by: Chuck Wilbur

Sponsored by: the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP); the Ford School of Public Policy; and the Association for Public Policy About Learning and Education (APPLE)

For more information: 734-647-4091

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Rediscovering the Caribbean: An Overview of economic, social and public health issues in the region
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Panelists:
Alan Deardorff, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Department of Economics, University of Michigan
Susan M. Collins, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Mark B. Padilla, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
Susan Waltz, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

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Monday, September 13, 2010
If Ireland can find Peace, what chance for Israel?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2010 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Lord John Alderdice

Lord John Alderdice is an appointed life Member of the British House of Lords of the British Parliament at Westminster. Recently the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party in the House of Lords elected him as its new Convener (Chair) and in this position Lord Alderdice will provide an essential link between backbench Liberal Democrat peers and Liberal Democrats in Government. He is also a Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist at the Centre for Psychotherapy which he established in Belfast, United Kingdom. He is a Visiting Professor in Psychiatry and Joint Chairman of the Critical Incident Analysis Group at the University of Virginia.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Harold E. Ford, Jr.
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Harold Ford, Jr.<br> Photo credit: John Chiasson/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Harold Ford, Jr. is Executive Vice Chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

From his bio:

Previously, Ford served Tennessee in the United States Congress for 10 years. Described by President Bill Clinton as 'the walking, living embodiment of where America ought to go in the 21st century,' Ford is now chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, a news analyst for NBC and MSNBC, and a distinguished practitioner in residence at the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU.

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Monday, March 29, 2010
The Policy and Politics of the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

It is stunningly difficult to transform the way a state government carries out a major function, but that is precisely what the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative (MPRI) has set out to do. The MPRI is an ambitious effort to improve public safety by reducing the likelihood that prisoners returning to communities will commit crimes. Based on two decades of national research, it focuses on identifying prisoner characteristics that predict recidivism and then addressing those risks both during and after incarceration. The initiative is transforming the Michigan Department of Corrections and the way in which it connects with communities. Widely regarded as one of the most effective reentry initiatives in the country, the MPRI is entering its seventh year of development and implementation and is operating statewide.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Politics, Public Policy, Latino Communities and the 2010 Census
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Free and open to the public.

John A. Garcia is Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona and Visiting Research Professor and Director of the Resource Center for Minority Data at ICPSR. Professor Garcia's research interests include the acquisition and utilization of social capital for political engagement, coalition formation among minority communities; and the social construction of ethnic and racial identity and political involvement. His research has resulted in the participation in the National Chicano Survey (1979), the Latino National Political Survey (1989-90), and Latino National Survey (LNS) (2005-06).

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Monday, March 15, 2010
Health Care Reform at the State vs National Level: Tradeoffs and Tipping Points
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Free and open to the public.

Panelists:
Thomas Buchmueller, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business
John J. H. (Joe) Schwarz, Former U.S. Representative and Visiting Lecturer, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Marianne Udow-Phillips, Director, Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), located at the University of Michigan

Sponsored by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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The Role of Islamic International Organizations in the Realm of International Politics
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Al-Twaijri, the Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), a part of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, will present a public lecture on the topic of Islamic International Institutions.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The Experience of Innumerable Minds: Diversity in Policy Making
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Scott E. Page is Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science and Economics and the Director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that 'our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.' That insight rings especially true in the context of policy making, where diverse thoughts, experiences, beliefs and models prove critical to the process of constructing good policy. As policy problems grow more difficult and as the coupling of policy interactions produces greater complexity, the benefits of diversity become even more pronounced, provided that we agree on fundamental ends.

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